How to trade in Fallout 76: help your friends, or buy and sell your way to a better future

Fallout 76is packed with junk and gear to collect and craft and you've probably stuffed your pockets with all of it and are wondering how to trade in Fallout 76? Either to make a little cash, or just to clear some space - do you really need all four of those pipe pistols? 

Fallout 76 trading is also useful because you can’t guarantee you’ll find or buy all the things you need to survive. Trading in Fallout 76 not only helps fill any gaps in your inventory, like bullets or Stimpaks, or gets things you couldn’t otherwise get, it can also help you save or make money as you’re able to set the price of things you trade - you can barter prices, give things away or swap items depending on the deal you want (and how much you like the person who needs your wares). Here’s how it all works.

First find someone to trade with (in a safe place)

Obviously no one trades alone, which means you either need to be playing with people you know or find a friendly stranger who’ll stand still long enough to see what you have to offer. Once you have either of those you need to get close to them so you see the ‘Invite to Trade’ prompt. When you do, hit the button (Triangle on PlayStation/Y on Xbox One) and you’ll open up a menu showing your inventory on one side and a waiting prompt for the other person to join. When they do all the fun of open commerce is yours. Just make sure there are no monsters around as they are not going to wait for you to finish business before getting bitey.

You can give away, swap or sell items

Chances are, if you’re playing with friends, you’re just going to be helping each other out with handy bits like ammo for a favourite gun or a disease cure. To do that you can select an item in your inventory to offer it. Once you have you can select how many to trade - the default currently is always all of whatever you’ve selected, so be careful not to give your entire stock away. Once you’ve decided on a number to trade, you can decide on a price, which can be zero. If you’re just helping people out you can give things away, but you can also barter goods - swapping items you both need - or really haggle by inflating prices, or offering tat for important gear. Supply and demand is a cruel master. 

Click the right stick to see what’s offered and use the triggers to filter categories 

When you first enter the trading screen you can see your entire inventory and that of the person you’re trading with. These two selections are always mirrored and you can use the triggers to filter between categories like Weapons, Apparel, Aid and so on to get to what you need more quickly. However, probably more important is the ability to click the right stick and see only what you and the other player are offering each other. That will give you a clear look at what’s on the table and see if it’s a good deal. 

You can request items from a trading player 

Using the left trigger you can swap between selecting your gear and the person you’re trading with. From there you can browse all their stuff and use X/A to request something specifically. Anything you do request will then show up in the ‘Offers Only’ page when you click the right stick. Being able to request stuff is especially useful when trading with other random players who you might not be able (or want to) speak to. 

You can sell the things you craft

Fallout 76 lets you sell pretty much anything in your inventory, including anything you craft. That means instead of saving the world you can just make a living selling good armour and guns, or meds and food, if you can find enough junk to make them. You’ll need a well equipped C.A.M.P. to access the various Armor, Weapons and Tinker’s workbenches to make guns, armour and ammo or explosives. While Food and chems will need a cooking or chemistry station. 

There’s no official trading hub yet but the Greenbriar Hotel looks like a strong candidate

There are already a lot of people who want to become traders in Fallout 76 and are discussing where on the map would make a good trading hub. This is more of a player formed thing than anything structured in the game - essentially a market area where players can congregate to buy and sell goods. It would enable people who go career as a trader to set up shop and hawk whatever they’ve created. Currently the top candidate is the Greenbriar Hotel. It’s got plenty of vendors, workbenches and Player Stash boxes to store things in, making it a good option. However this is the sort of thing that will evolve over time so watch this space. 

If you’re not convinced then read up on why Fallout 76’s online world is the perfect way to explore its prequel setting and tell a fresh story.